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Off-b’way and Beyond: Obies Honor ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘The Humans’

It was Off-Broadway’s night on May 23 as the Obie Awards dished out recognition for some of the season’s top productions. The Danai Gurira–penned, Tony-nominated “Eclipsed,” which transferred to the John Golden Theatre from the Public Theatre earlier this year, took the best ensemble award while the star of the production about the wives of a Liberian Civil War rebel officer, Lupita Nyong’o, took best actress. Playwright Lucas Hnath took home Obies for both “Red Speedo” and “The Christians,” as did Stephen Karam for his work on “The Humans,” another 2016 Tony nominee that transferred to Broadway. The Tony-nominated actor Jayne Houdyshell, who plays the matriarch in the the latter eerie Thanksgiving eve family drama, won for her performance, as did Georgia Engel (“John”), Khris Davis (“The Royals”), Tamara Tunie (“Familiar”), Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”), Lucas Caleb Rooney (“Red Speedo”), Emily Donahoe (“The Christians”), and “Guards at
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‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’ Win Big at 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards

The 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, wrapped in New York City last night with playwright Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Guards at the Taj” winning four statues, including outstanding play. “This play doesn’t exist without two men—the two men who play the two roles in this play: Arian Moayed and Omar Metwally,” Joseph said while accepting the award for outstanding play, the final of the evening. The 1648-set drama about two Imperial Guards tasked with the unthinkable also won on the technical side for outstanding lighting design for David Weiner, outstanding scenic design for Timothy Mackabee, and outstanding sound design for Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. “The Robber Bridegroom” also rose to the top, taking home three awards for outstanding revival, outstanding lead actor in a musical for Steven Pasquale, and outstanding featured actress in a musical for Leslie Kritzer. Kritzer told Backstage on
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Mance Media Launching ‘Model Turned Superstar’ on 4KUniverse Channel

Mance Media Launching ‘Model Turned Superstar’ on 4KUniverse Channel
Mance Media’s 4KUniverse channel has announced its first original series — “Model Turned Superstar,” which will launch on June 28, Variety has learned exclusively.

The international reality series challenges more than 100 models from across the world to become the next supermodel. It’s hosted by fitness expert April Scott and features supermodel guest judges Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk and Ana Beatriz Barros.

Variety reported last month that Mance was launching the entertainment channel aimed at consumers seeking programming in the growing 4K Ultra High Definition format. The Los Angeles-based service, which has the support of global satellite operators Ses and AsiaSat, is available to cable, Internet Protocol TV and Mso subscribers at a cost of $5.99 a month on YouTube and Vimeo.

The contestants will have to prove themselves in feats that include zip lining through the jungles of Thailand to swimming with sharks in the waters of Bora Bora in order to get their picture-perfect shot.
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Rock the Kasbah | Review

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Levinson’s Afghan Exploration Prizes Diversion

After a unique pit stop in found footage horror with 2012’s The Bay and an underrated Philip Roth adaptation in 2014 with The Humbling, Barry Levinson returns to his particular predilection for boundary pushing, politically topical subject matters in Rock the Kasbah. It’s a very loosely based version of the true account of Setara Hussainzada, a woman who sang on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” known as “Afghan Star,” even though it’s illegal for women to sing.

More along the lines of Levinson’s Man of the Year (2006) than Wag the Dog (1997), as scripted by Mitch Glazer (his first excursion since 2010’s appalling Passion Play), the title seems as woefully out-of-touch as it is unwarranted. Oddly unsympathetic, even as it depicts a subversive act of rebellion within a ruthlessly patriarchal and misogynistic culture,
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Review: Bill Murray takes a ridiculous tour of the Middle East in 'Rock The Kasbah'

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Review: Bill Murray takes a ridiculous tour of the Middle East in 'Rock The Kasbah'
Oh, Bill. I recently wrote a piece about how Bill Murray has transcended being a mere living legend and has become a urban myth, and I stand behind every word of that. Unfortunately, Bill often makes choices involving films that make it very hard to support the films themselves, and "Rock The Kasbah" is a perfect example of that. Mitch Glazer is one of those people who appear to be able to get Bill Murray to actually pick up the phone, and he's a credited co-writer on "Scrooged," a film that features one of my favorite Bill Murray performances. Unfortunately, he's also responsible for writing and directing "Passion Play," one of the worst things Murray has ever been part of, and so walking into "Rock The Kasbah," I had my fingers crossed that Glazer would be able to tap the side of his friend that has made him such an
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Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’

Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’
Mere weeks after the horrific bombing of an Afghan hospital and President Obama’s announcement of extended U.S. military presence in the region, this weekend might not prove to have been an ideal moment to release a film that treats the slow-motion tragedy of Afghanistan’s recent history as an exotic backdrop for broad fish-out-of-water comedy. Then again, there will probably never be a good time to release a project as fundamentally misjudged and disjointed as “Rock the Kasbah.” Extremely loosely inspired by the true story of Setara Hussainzada, an Afghan woman who braved death threats after appearing on the country’s version of “American Idol,” this Bill Murray starrer utterly fails to connect as an “Ishtar”-esque Muslim-world farce, a cynical skewering of American foreign policy, or a cuddly, inspirational ode to the unifying power of music — and to the film’s dubious credit, it does attempt all three.
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Rock The Kasbah Review

A Bill Murray – which is to say, a performer of particular stripes that enjoys almost unanimous affection from moviegoers – is a rare and precious thing. As much a performance artist these days as he is an actor, Murray himself has settled into being the communal whacky uncle on our mom’s side (dad’s is where you’ll find Tom Hanks). Murray is a piece of modern Americana, as close to a folk hero as Hollywood has ever produced, and it’s by his grace that many poorer projects find their silver lining. But like any legend, that reverence can be exploited to justify undertakings of odious construction and intent, which Murray’s latest film, Rock the Kasbah, most certainly is.

That this movie likely wouldn’t exist without Murray’s involvement makes it tempting to point an accusing finger squarely at him, but we’re all to blame here.
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Wamg’s 2015 Fall Movie Preview

As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.

The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!

September

The Visit (Sept 11)

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.
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Watch: Bill Murray Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride And More 'Rock The Kasbah' In New Trailer

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Everybody loves Bill Murray, but even his immense charm couldn't save the disastrous reception to Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" earlier this year. There isn't much buzz around "Rock The Kasbah" at the moment either, but maybe this new trailer will turn things around? Read More: Interview: Barry Levinson Talks Going The Horror Route With Eco-Thriller 'The BayKate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed and Bruce Willis join Murray in Barry Levinson's latest film, apparently inspired by real events, about washed up music manager who discovers the next big thing in Kabul. Here's the official synopsis:  A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by.
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New Elementary Season 3,Episode 23 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

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Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 23 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Absconded," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff take place as a beekeeping community becomes the main focus in Holmes and Watson's latest investigation, and more. In the new, 23rd episode press release: Holmes' Beekeeping Hobby Crosses Into His Professional Life When An Online Community He Belongs To Asks Him To Investigate The Murder Of One Of Their Members. Press release number 2: Holmes and Watson will look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they are going to meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson will enlist Watson's services in an off-book investigation that
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Film Review: Appropriate Behavior (2014): Akhavan’s Film Bristles With Potential

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Appropriate Behavior (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Desiree Akhavan, and starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Hooman Majd, Arian Moayed, Aimee Mullins, Christopher James Baker, Robyn Rikoon, and Gracie Beardsley. Already a victim to the typically myopic Hollywood group-think in which every film [...]

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Rosewater Movie Review

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Rosewater Movie Review
Title: Rosewater Director: Jon Stewart Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Bodnia, Jason Jones, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Arian Moayed, Amir El-Masry. The feature film ‘Rosewater’ is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir ‘Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,’ written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. This true story, marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ host, Jon Stewart. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud [ Read More ]

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'Rosewater' Review: Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut Makes the Grade

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"Rosewater," the debut film from "The Daily Show"s Jon Stewart, is a moving and engaging portrayal of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment by the Iranian government, and his struggle for freedom while being beset by particularly ridiculous lines of questioning.

Why Jon Stewart?

The connection to "The Daily Show" and Bahari's arrest is quite strong -- while covering the last round of elections, correspondent Jason Jones and his producer travelled to Tehran to film one of their trademark satirical pieces. As Jones' over-the-top interview style accused Bahari of being a spy, the segment showed the normalcy of the populace that live within what President Bush dubbed "The Axis of Evil."

Following this interview, and as the election results became controversial, Bahari was arrested and held captive in solitary confinement for months. He was accused of spying, of course, and they played the Jones sequence as proof. His writing
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Believe

Network: NBC

Episodes: 12 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: March 10, 2014 -- June 15, 2014

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

TV show description:

Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl, has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control -- like levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and to see the future. Now that she's 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces -- those that would use her abilities to control the world -- has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo's protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe -- Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who's lost his will.
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Believe: NBC Sunday Night Drama Cancelled

Bo has some amazing abilities but unfortunately they didn't help save her series. NBC has cancelled the Believe TV show after one season.

Believe revolves around a young girl who has special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

The series got off to a positive start, thanks to its premiere airing on a Monday night after NBC's top-rated show, The Voice. Unfortunately only about 60% of that episode's audience decided to tune in to watch the second episode six days later.

The ratings kept falling lower each week. This week's installment of Believe drew just a 1.0 demo rating with 4.33 million viewers. Those numbers were just too low to justify ordering a second season.

On the positive
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Believe: Season One Ratings

NBC has had success launching new shows after The Voice. Unfortunately, the ratings have often tanked once the show didn't have that strong lead-in (Revolution, for example). Will Believe be a hit or will it be cancelled after one season? Stay tuned to find out.

Believe revolves around a young girl who has special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.

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Believe: New NBC Drama; Cancel or Keep It?

NBC has had mixed luck with their ratings this season. They've had some successes and some failures. How does the Believe TV series measure up? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two?

Believe revolves around a young girl with special abilities and the adults who are trying to protect her from evl forces. The cast includes Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

The show got off to a positive start on Monday, March 10th -- likely thanks to having The Voice as a lead-in. The premiere drew a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.56 million total viewers. It was a distant second in its timeslot, behind ABC's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.

The second episode, which aired in Believe's regular Sunday night timeslot, saw the ratings drop 45% in the
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TV Review: Believe, Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

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Creators: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Friedman

Network: NBC

Air Date/Time: March 10, 2014, 10/9c

Written by: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Friedman

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron

Synopsis:

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe — Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will.

Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and
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Prepare to Believe With Trailer, TV Spot and Much More

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As we approach the premiere of Alfonso Cuaron‘s Bad Robot series Believe on NBC, we’re starting to get TV spots and more to promote it, and give us a little more information. For many of us, “Alfonso Cuaron” or “Bad Robot” would be enough to get us to watch, let alone the fact that it comes from both of them, but still, more information is always nice.

Here’s the synopsis, followed by the new TV spot and trailer, along with the Comic-Con trailer we posted last July. Sorry, that does mean you’ll need to listen to the famous scream three times, but it’s worth it:

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and
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Appropriate Behavior Movie Review

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Appropriate Behavior Movie Review
Title: Appropriate Behavior Director: Desiree Akhavan Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed When an actress also serves as director and writer for a film, it’s fair to assume that she has a certain vision for her project. Lena Dunham immediately comes to mind as a current example, creating her show “Girls” and carrying out almost all duties in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Desiree Akhavan, who makes her feature film debut with Appropriate Behavior, bears some similarity to Dunham, determined to show what it’s like to be a struggling young adult living in New York City, and combines that notion [ Read More ]

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